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AP Literary Terms 1-20
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A narrative or description that has a second meaning beneath the surface.
A reference, explicit or implicit, to something in previous literature or history.
Any force in a story or play that is in conflict with the protagonist. An antagonist may be another person, an aspect of the physical or social environment, or a destructive element in the protagonist's own nature.
Rhetorical device in which two or more clauses are balanced against each other by reversal of their structure in order to produce an artistic effect.
The turning point or high point in a plot.
A clash of actions, desires, ideas, or gals in the plot of a story or drama. Conflict may exist between the main character and some external force-physical nature, society, or "fate"; or between the main character and some destructive element in his or her own nature.
what a word suggests beyond its basic dictionary definition; a word's overtones of meaning.
the basic definition or dictionary meaning of a word.
The portion of a plot that reveals the final outcome of its conflicts or the solution of its mysteries.
Deux ex machina
The resolution of a plot by use of a highly improbable chance or coincidence. (means: God from the machine)
A style of speaking or writing determined by the choice of words by a speaker or writer.
That method of characterization in which the author, be exposition or analysis, tells us directly what a character is like, or has someone else in the story do so.
A character who during the course of work undergoes a permanent change in some distinguishing moral qualities or personal traits or outlook.
A kind of fiction that pictures creatures or events beyond the boundaries of known reality.
First person point of view
The story is told by one of its characters, using the first person.
An interruption of the chronological sequence of an event of earlier occurrence.
A character whose distinguishing moral qualities or personal traits are summed up in one or two traits.
A minor character whose situation or actions parallel those of a major character, and thus by contrast sets off or illuminates the major character; most often the contrast is complimentary to the major character.
A literary device in which a writer gives an advanced hint of what is to come later in the story.
The representation through language of sense experience.
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